calendar year


Definition of calendar year

1 : a period of a year beginning and ending with the dates that are conventionally accepted as marking the beginning and end of a numbered year
2 : a period of time equal in length to that of the year in the calendar conventionally in use

Examples of calendar year in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tompkins started the new calendar year with results similar to their superb stretch in December. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Tompkins girls basketball returns to District 19-6A play, continues winning streak," 7 Jan. 2020 With Sunday’s loss, Trinity enters the new calendar year with a losing record for the first time since the 2007-08 season. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Nicholas Mosley scores 39 points to lead St. Xavier in win over Trinity," 5 Jan. 2020 Last season the month of January presented a rough stretch for Ohio State that resulted in five straight losses to start the calendar year. Stephen Means, cleveland, "Ohio State basketball shows off glaring issues in back-to-back losses," 4 Jan. 2020 Having won eight of their final 13 games to cap the calendar year, the Spurs enter 2020 with a sense things could be looking up. Jeff Mcdonald,, "San Antonio Spurs close 2019 with another nail-biter, top Golden State Warriors," 31 Dec. 2019 This year marked the first full calendar year of the city's five-year plan to end chronic homelessness, the overall goal of which is to reduce the amount of time individuals or families spent in a shelter from 86 to a maximum of 30. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "'Opportunity to reflect': Service honors 58 homeless who died in Marion County in 2019," 20 Dec. 2019 Once back to work, the Bruins will close out the calendar year in Buffalo (Dec. 27) and New Jersey (Dec. 31)., "Cassidy said he did “ not know the exact term” for the procedure, but referred to “spinning the blood to help healing.”," 17 Dec. 2019 That's thanks in large part to Fiserv Forum, which hosted 32 concerts in its first full calendar year of operation. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "From Billy Joel to Pink to Tool, these were the 18 top grossing concerts in Milwaukee in 2019," 17 Dec. 2019 Again, temporary workers who reach two years of service during the 2021 calendar year — and afterward for the duration of the contract — will be converted to full-time status. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "UAW Ford workers to close Round 2 of contract negotiations; Fiat Chrysler next," 15 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of calendar year

1689, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Jan 2020

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“Calendar year.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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Financial Definition of calendar year

What It Is

The calendar year is the period between January 1 and December 31.

How It Works

If Company XYZ starts its fiscal year on January 1 and ends its fiscal year on December 31, then Company XYZ's fiscal year is said to be on a calendar year basis. Many companies align their fiscal years with the calendar year, but many don't. For example, Company 123 might start its fiscal year on October 1 and end on September 30.

Why It Matters

It is important for investors to know whether a company uses the calendar year or another period for their fiscal year, especially when comparing companies in seasonal industries.

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English Language Learners Definition of calendar year

: the period of time from January 1 to December 31

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